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Interdisciplinary Minor in Community Engagement

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The Interdisciplinary Minor in Community Engagement allows students to deepen their understanding of communities and develop skills for principled and effective engagement. The minor is designed to provide a foundational knowledge and skills for participation in communities, regardless of the student’s primary field of study. The interdisciplinary nature of the minor allows for a broad knowledge base from which to establish relationships with a range of communities both locally and globally. Students are required to take CMTYENGA 2A03 - Foundations of Community Engagement  - plus 21 additional units chosen from the three course lists below. To ensure a mixture of theoretical and experiential courses, students must take a minimum of six units from Course List A (courses that focus on theory) and a minimum of three units from Course List B (courses that provide the student with relevant skills) and three units from Course List C (projects or capstone courses that involve an advanced community-engaged project and/or community-based research). The courses presented for the minor must include choices from at least two different Faculties (Social Sciences, Humanities, etc.). More information about Community Engagement can be found at http://community.mcmaster.ca.


  1. Students may submit a request to receive credit toward the Minor in Community Engagement if they successfully complete a course that is not listed in the course lists below but has a significant community engagement component. For example, a student undertaking a thesis course that normally does not require community engagement may elect to work in partnership with a community group as a central component of the thesis. A thesis structured in this way may be eligible for credit toward the Minor. Requests for course substitutions can be completed by emailing community@mcmaster.ca
  2. The following courses are offered directly through Community Engagement: CMTYENGA 2A03  (required for the Minor); CMTYENGA 2MC3  (List B); CMTYENGA 2MD3  (List B); CMTYENGA 3A03  (List B); CMTYENGA 4A06  (List C); CMTYENGA 4A09  (List C); CMTYENGA 4MM3  (List C).CMTYENGA courses are administered by the Faculty of Social Sciences.
  3. It is the student’s responsibility to check carefully for prerequisites, co-requisites and enrollment restrictions. Students are encouraged to speak to their Faculty academic advisors  about Faculty-specific rules on double-counting courses for the minor.
  4. In order to declare a Minor in Community Engagement, at least 12 units (above Level I) must be elective to degree.

Course List A (Theory Courses)

Course List B (Skills Development)


24 units total (no more than 6 units from Level 1 courses)

21 units

  • Selected from two or more Faculties; must include a minimum of 6 units from Course List A and a minimum of 3 units from Course List B and a minimum of 3 units from Course List C. (See Note 1 above.)  

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